Avani commemorates world Homeless Day

Avani commemorates world Homeless Day

Rose Moremoholo

MASERU – MAYOR of Maseru, Ntsane Sehapi, says homeless should strive to change their plight and stop living on hand outs.

Sehapi said they should take advantage of the government welfare systems or seek help from relatives because the streets are dangerous.

Sehapi was addressing a group of homeless children at a celebration organised by the Avani Lesotho hotel.

The hotel had organised a meal for the children to commemorate the Homeless Day.

“Don’t enjoy being given free food and being commemorated,” Sehapi said.

“Every person has problems, even the ministers and highly respected people have problems but what matters is how one solves their problems,” he said.

Avani Lesotho’s General Manager, Willem Van Heerden, said the hotel “is not only concentrating on business but well-being of every Mosotho is our aspiration”.

Speaking at the same occasion, Coordinator of Kick4Life ’Mamoliehi Khiba said “caring for a person is not giving a needy person tangible things but by taking time and talk to that person”.

“Let us take initiative with every homeless person you meet in the streets. Instead of giving them money just take five minutes of your time and talk to them,” Khiba said.

Kick4Life is supporting about 70 children who live in streets.

Minister of Social Development, Molahlehi Letlotlo, said “being homeless is dehumanising.”

One of the streets kids said all they need is a place they can call home.

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